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Charlton Athletic striker Reza Ghoochannejhad pleased with Iran's performance

17 June 2014

By Rhys Griffiths

He may not have managed to become the first Charlton Athletic player to score at a World Cup Finals, but Iranian forward Reza Ghoochannejhad says he is pleased with his team's performance in their 0-0 draw with Nigeria last night.

The 26-year-old, who signed with the Addicks in the January transfer window, started up front for Team Melli as they opened their campaign in Brazil against the Super Eagles in Curitiba, becoming Charlton's fourth player to play in the Finals.

"We displayed a great tactical game and if we were lucky with our chances we could have won the game," Ghoochannejhad told the Charlton Athletic website after the match. "I had two good chances to score but I missed them.

"We should be satisfied with the result and we should concentrate on our upcoming matches. Argentina plays differently than Nigeria. Their defence is more open and we will do our best to get a good result."

Ghoochannejhad joined Sky Bet Championship side Charlton from Belgian club Standard Li?ge and signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the London club. He grew up in the Netherlands after his parents moved there when he was a boy but opted to play for the country of his birth.

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